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Ellen Salpeter Steps Down as Director of ICA Miami

Ellen Salpeter, director of ICA Miami.


Ellen Salpeter is leaving her post as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami after joining the institution in late 2015 and leading it into its first home, which opened in the city’s Design District last December. She had taken the directorship after working as deputy director of external affairs for the Jewish Museum in New York.

In a statement, Salpeter said, “With the new building launched, the museum’s program for the coming seasons set, and the institution on stable financial footing, the timing is right for me to pursue new projects.”

In concert with news of her departure, which will occur in June, the museum announced a change in its leadership structure through which deputy director and chief curator Alex Gartenfeld will now work as artistic director and associate director Tommy Ralph Pace will now be deputy director. Citing their shared status as members of ICA’s founding leadership team, the museum’s announcement said, “Gartenfeld has spearheaded the museum’s curatorial voice in particular and Pace has been responsible for special initiatives, daily operations, and public affairs.”

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